2016 anti-TPPA rally

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2016 anti-TTPA rally
Date 26 January 2016
Location Kuala Lumpur
Caused by Protest against Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
Methods Demonstration, speeches
Parties to the civil conflict
Number
Police estimation: 5000-7000[1]

The Anti-TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement) Rally or Perhimpunan Aman Bantah TPPA (Malay) is a rally that was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on January 23, 2016. The rally was organised by a coalition of non-governmental organisations, Bantah TPPA and Kongres Rakyat, and supported by various non-governmental organisations.[2] The rally was held in response to the Malaysian government's signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in which twelve countries, namely Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, Vietnam and including Malaysia concluded the trade negotiations in Atlanta on October 5, 2015. Opponents of the agreement argued that although TPPA could increase Malaysia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), it was at the people's expense as it does not take into account issues faced by the people. The rally saw participants march from various points in Kuala Lumpur to their eventual destination, Dataran Merdeka.[3]

Background[edit]

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement among twelve Pacific Rim countries concerning a variety of matters of economic policy, which was reached on 5 October 2015 after 7 years of negotiations. The agreement's stated goal had been to "promote economic growth; support the creation and retention of jobs; enhance innovation, productivity and competitiveness; raise living standards; reduce poverty in our countries; and promote transparency, good governance, and enhanced labor and environmental protections." Among other things, the TPP Agreement contains measures to lower trade barriers such as tariffs,[4] and establish an investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (but states can opt out from tobacco-related measures).[5][6] Concerns have been made such as government procurement, state-owned enterprises, Bumiputera issues and public access to affordable drugs and healthcare, while ensuring necessary incentives for pharmaceutical innovators[7] and rising cost of living.[8]

The organiser's application for holding the rally at Dataran Merdeka was rejected by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL). This however has not deterred the organisers from insisting that the rallly would still take place.[9]

Participants[edit]

It has been estimated that there will be 20,000 people attending the rally, as well as 300 non-governmental organisations.[10]

DAP slammed by PSM[edit]

PSM Secretary General, Sivarajan slammed Lim Guan Eng of DAP on their stands regarding the rally and the upcoming protest on 23 Jan 2016. In the statement available on PSM's Facebook page, Sivarajan said : "LGE be mature and take the challenge ! PSM has been fighting the pro corporate US free trade agreements since 2006, when Rafidah Aziz negotiated the US Msia FTA. When DAP and PKR were still undecided on the matter then, and preferred not to offend the US, PSM has already been organizing protest at the US Embassy against US corporate interest. Thus, we will do the same come Saturday 23/1 to Protes the looming TPPA ! While various civil society and students held a protest outside USM when Minister Musthapa Mohamed went for a TPPA roadshow there recently, LGE decided to have a late nasi kandar dinner with the MInister instead. Thus, its not only PSM, but many want to know on which side is DAP and LGE on this issue. So LGE, if you are serious about fighting against TPPA, take the challenge, ask your branches to mobilize to attend the protest. We, PSM will be there, I hope to see you there too."

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Rally[edit]

Other rallies[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/01/23/organisers-happy-with-anti-tppa-rally-turnout/
  2. ^ "Cops reject application for TPPA protest rally on Saturday at Dataran Merdeka - The Rakyat Post - The Rakyat Post". therakyatpost.com. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "TPP protest rally organisers shunned Padang Merbok, claimed won't meet 20k attendance target | New Straits Times | Malaysia General Business Sports and Lifestyle News". nst.com.my. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Australia and the Trans-Pacific Partnership: what we do and don't know". The Guardian. 6 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Summary of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement". USTR. 4 October 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership?". Vox. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "TPPA did not ignore Malaysia's concerns, says Mustapa - The Malaysian Insider". themalaysianinsider.com. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Anti-TPPA rally to show PM he’s making a ‘big mistake’ | Free Malaysia Today". freemalaysiatoday.com. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Anti-TPPA rally organisers insist on Dataran Merdeka, submit appeal - The Malaysian Insider". themalaysianinsider.com. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "20,000 to attend anti-TPPA rally at Dataran Merdeka - The Malaysian Insider". themalaysianinsider.com. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "Anti-TPPA protest expected to be bigger than Bersih 4, says Bersih 2.0 chairman | theSundaily". thesundaily.my. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  12. ^ "Unlikely alliance at anti-TPPA protest - Malaysiakini". malaysiakini.com. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "PSM: Where is Pakatan Harapan in anti-TPPA protest? - Malaysiakini". malaysiakini.com. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  14. ^ "PAS to join anti-TPPA rally on January 23 - The Malaysian Insider". themalaysianinsider.com. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  15. ^ "Pakatan Harapan to discuss decision on TPPA protest - Malaysiakini". malaysiakini.com. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  16. ^ "Bantah TPPA: The Rally". wongchen.com. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "LGE be mature and take the challenge !... - Parti Sosialis Malaysia | Facebook". facebook.com. Retrieved 30 January 2016.